Gameplay offers an incredible opportunity to create connection, empathy, and understanding, all things that are essential for creating a world where all feel safe and supported.
I love playing games that provide a starting point for dialogue, especially when it comes to what can be complex subjects. Though nothing can beat real human interaction (in my opinion, of course), games like Elude or What Remains of Edith Finch open the door to conversations surrounding topics like depression and identity, giving the player the ability to experience concepts they may not personally understand, and in turn, open the door to conversations with those who may want the support.
What games have you played that opened the door to difficult conversations?
Believe it or not, Dungeons and Dragons offers plenty of opportunities for connection and empathy. Each character that is created has a background story, and the players learn more about each other's stories as they play through a campaign. Creating a character can also allow people to explore different parts of themselves, such as their identity, interests, and maybe even a special ability or disability. I have used my main character that I play in most campaigns to explore different moral "alignments" and different ways to encounter situations as a means to learn social skills, cues, and connection as a neurodivergent person. Many doors have been opened to difficult conversations surrounding identity and understanding at my table after a particularly fun (or difficult!) campaign.
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